Panic disorder

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What is panic disorder?

Panic disorder is a specific psychological phenomenon characterized by sudden onset of anxiety (often unrelated to objective events), accompanied by autonomic symptoms such as tachycardia, paresthesia, flushing, and sweating.

Common symptoms reported by people with panic disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
303
Tried for
panic disorder (259) anxious mood (174)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
184
Tried for
panic disorder (165) anxious mood (79)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
153
Tried for
panic disorder (117) panic attacks (73)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
133
Tried for
depressed mood (102) panic disorder (67)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
110
Tried for
depressed mood (98) panic disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
110
Tried for
depressed mood (102) panic disorder (13)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
anxious mood (72) panic attacks (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
anxious mood (49) depressed mood (41)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
pain (52) anxious mood (13)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Tried for
anxious mood (51) depressed mood (24)
4 more

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (139 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 37 more
Total evaluations
183
Tried for
panic disorder (259) anxious mood (174)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (75 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 21 more
Total evaluations
94
Tried for
panic disorder (165) anxious mood (79)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (59 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness fatigue 32 more
Total evaluations
90
Tried for
panic disorder (117) panic attacks (73)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (59 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) decreased appetite 51 more
Total evaluations
94
Tried for
depressed mood (102) panic disorder (67)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (52 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with restlessness brain fog 46 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
depressed mood (98) panic disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (62 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood headaches 51 more
Total evaluations
77
Tried for
depressed mood (102) panic disorder (13)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness daytime sleepiness 11 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
anxious mood (72) panic attacks (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (51 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction drowsiness 44 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
anxious mood (49) depressed mood (41)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (37 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness balance problems 32 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
pain (52) anxious mood (13)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness abdominal pain 17 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
anxious mood (51) depressed mood (24)
4 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has panic disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 54
20s 1485
30s 4149
40s 4969
50s 4219
60s 1863
70+ 374
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1520
20-29 years 1054
30-39 years 633
40-49 years 364
50-59 years 95
60-69 years 13
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4682
Female 12552

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5075
Not Diagnosed 2096

These charts show data from panic disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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